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Flowers and plants are the subject matter I chose to spend a lifetime painting, not consciously because of the rise of feminism at that time (1967) but because they were the vehicle through which I could work with color and the various lights through which colors are revealed. They also provide compositional ideas for organizing asymmetrical balances. So “flower power”, in the 1970’s came to be what my paintings were about. But that’s not the whole story. My paintings over the years developed into metaphors of life, energy, vibrancy, drama and pleasure. They are also about freedom, since I chose to portray them without vases or pots. They are in their own world.

On the home page are categories for the series I am working on to this day. The first three are organized by the type of light in each painting…I work to have color and light become one — luminous. Categories 4, 5, and 6 have other concepts of color. The last category is of watercolors where the colors are toned down so as to emphasize the patterns.

Janet Alling  2015